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as if that were not enough

On top of that; additionally; furthermore. Often used to introduce a further difficulty, problem, or misfortune in addition to that which has already been described. My poor car was smashed beyond repair in the accident, and as if that weren't enough, I also spilled coffee on my brand new suit! Languages, and English in particular, are a difficult thing to learn. As if that were not enough, idioms make the whole thing that much harder to master.
See also: enough, if, not, that

be not worth a fig

To be unimportant or insignificant. I know you're upset that the decor wasn't exactly as you designed it, but that's not worth a fig when you consider how spectacular the gala was overall.
See also: fig, not, worth

if it weren't for (someone or something)

If someone or something hadn't helped, intervened, or affected the situation in some way. The phrase is always followed by an explanation of how things would have turned out different without someone or something. If it weren't for those quick-thinking bystanders, I wouldn't be alive today. If it weren't for my student loans, I would be a millionaire by now.
See also: if

not about to

Not going to (do something), typically because of unwillingness. I'm not about to work on this after hours if the deadline isn't until next month. Jane wasn't about to pay all that extra money just to get a different color.
See also: not

(one's) heart isn't in it

One is not emotionally invested in something. I used to love running, but my heart just isn't in it anymore—that's why I quit the track team this year. I can tell by the way you wrote this that your heart wasn't in it. Is something distracting you?
See also: heart

be not in the same league

To not have the same or similar level of qualities, skills, or achievements (as someone or something else). While their journey to the Olympics has been remarkable, it's clear that this young team is just not in the same league as the rest of the competition. It's fine to enjoy dumb action films, but how can you think they're in the same league as classics like Casablanca?
See also: league, not, same

be not in the same class

To not have the same or similar level of qualities, skills, or achievements (as someone or something else). While their journey to the Olympics has been remarkable, it's clear that this young team is just not in the same class as the rest of the competition. It's fine to enjoy dumb action films, but how can you think they're in the same class as classics like Casablanca?
See also: class, not, same

be not whistling Dixie

slang To have a realistic or honest view of something; to be speaking truthfully. "Dixie" was an anthem of the Confederacy, the losing side of the US Civil War. Primarily heard in US. It sounds like they really are laying people off in January. You weren't just whistling Dixie, Bob! They've threatened to fire their missiles on civilians; I don't think they're whistling Dixie.
See also: Dixie, not, whistle

not so dusty

Fairly or passably good; acceptable or adequate. Primarily heard in UK. We had a cricket team of our own when I was a young lad; we weren't so dusty, either.
See also: dusty, not

not so dusty

(of a person's health or situation) fairly good. British informal, dated
See also: dusty, not

if it wasn’t/weren’t for...

used to say that somebody/something stopped somebody/something from happening: If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t even be here today.
See also: if
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judges weren t impressed and she was shown the door.
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